Our universe and our world are so complex it can overwhelm us at times. Not just the day-to-day of work, technology, chores, and family activities, to name a few, but also how the ecosystem works and effects how we exist. Every time I watch a documentary or read about our planet or space, I am amazed how everything fits perfectly, has its function in helping to keep the world alive, and beautiful it all is. Sometimes it can be stressful to think how we can navigate our lives and fit into this complex system and make a difference.
Lately in the sermons I’ve heard and the bible studies I’ve participated in, the main message that seems to be repeating again and again, was that Jesus made it VERY simple for us to be saved and the Bible gives us pretty clear and simple instructions on how we should behave. We are the ones who make things hard and more complicated.
We have a lot of technology that helps us navigate where we need to go—GPS, maps, Google earth, compasses, sextants, and such. God gave us the Bible as the ultimate self-help guide on how to live. He also gave us the North Star, a consistent and unchanging light that guides the lost. Does that sound familiar? A symbol of what Jesus is—an unchanging light for us to follow, especially to the lost of this world.
New Life Bible Camp Donation
The Masterpiece Fund has recently given two more donations. One was a repeat donation to the New Life Bible Camp in Pennsylvania. They provide guidance and love to many children every summer. The Crowe family was a recipient of their kindness for many years. We hope the donation will assist families in need with resources to be able to send their children there so they can have a life-changing experience. Check out their website and consider sending your kids there or going on a retreat that includes adults.
Polaris Project Donation
The second donation was made to a wonderful organization called Polaris. Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., Polaris systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom. We encourage you to visit their website and read about how you can be part of the fight against the enslavement of millions of people—many of whom are children.
Human trafficking has become so rampant that it is spilling into our neighborhoods and businesses. Most of us don’t see it but it’s right in front of our eyes. Our culture unfortunately has a large contingent of people who enjoy sexual activity with children and others who are being manipulated, threatened, and abused. Traffickers also use people for forced labor. It’s a world-wide problem, but don’t be fooled—it’s in “nice” neighborhoods in the U.S. Please take the time to learn signs of what trafficking looks like and how to report it so you don’t endanger yourself or the victims.
2 Timothy 4:18
The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
The Lord is good, a safe place in times of trouble. And He knows those who come to Him to be safe.
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.